Cerro Porteno and Palmeiras square off in the opening leg of their Copa Libertadores last 16 tie at Estadio General Pablo Rojas on Wednesday evening (11:15pm, UK time).
The hosts reached the knockout phase on 18 previous occasions with their most successful run coming on four different occasions (2010/11, 1998/99, 1997/98 and 1992/93) when they reached the semi-finals. As for Palmeiras they are the defending champions and will be seeking to win a third successive title.
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After making their Copa return, last playing in the 2018/19 season, Cerro Porteno were drawn in Group G with Colón, Olimpia and Peñarol subsequently finishing second though level on points with third place Olimpia but their superior goal-difference was enough for El Ciclón to sneak into the knockout phase. Francisco Arce’s men would only claim two wins, both of them coming at home against Colón (3-1) and Peñarol (1-0), Fernando Romero who netted a brace in the former ended as the club’s leading group stage marksman on two goals. Cerro Porteño also go into this upcoming fixture having won three of their previous home Copa games while losing the other two.
Palmeiras are seeking to join Estudiantes and Independiente by winning three successive Copa Libertadores titles. The reigning champions breezed through Group A with six wins from six against Emelec, Deportivo Táchira and Independiente Petrolero ultimately netting 25 goals and conceding three. No team registered more goals in the group phase while River Plate had a comparable defence. Also no other side boasted a perfect 100% record. Rafael Navarro and Raphael Veiga are their leading scorers with seven and six goals, respectively. Navarro is also the competition’s top marksman with his standout performance coming in an 8-1 rout of Independiente Petrolero when he struck four times.
Scoreline prediction: Cerro Porteno 1-3 Palmeiras
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